This Tuscan Chickpea Soup is simple but so flavorful, with fresh rosemary, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. It’s a great healthy vegetarian meal that’s packed with fiber!
This week I’m back home after a 10 day vacation that was so much fun, and frankly– a little exhausting. I covered 3 states and 4 cities in the 10 days, got to see a bunch of old friends, and made a few new ones. The main part of the trip was to Virginia for the bachelorette party of a friend I’ve known since kindergarten. I’m not quite sure how it’s possible that I’m old enough to have been friends with someone for 25+ years, but… it is. No one puked or got arrested, so I guess that means we’re officially old.
Since I was already going to be on the east coast, two of my best friends and I decided to tack a girls weekend in Florida onto my trip. California is pretty, but… I seriously miss warm water and soft, powdery sand. I’m now devising a plan to convince the Navy to send us back to Florida.
And then we stopped in New Orleans in between. And, you know. Did what you’re supposed to do in New Orleans.
I had so, so much fun and am so glad I had the opportunity to spend time with some of the friends I miss the most! But 10 days of sun, booze, eating out and staying up late has left me a little ragged.
So I came home ready to cook some deliciously healthy meals.
Like this amazing super-fiber-packed soup.
I’ve made this soup a few times before, on dark wintry nights when the last thing I wanted to do was bust out the camera and my whole lighting set up. Now that it’s still light out at dinner time, nothing gets left off the blog. Well… maybe a few things, but definitely not as many.
This soup is one of those recipes where a few simple but really good quality ingredients come together to make something so fresh and flavorful. The rosemary, Parmesan and balsamic all really shine. The little rosemary bushes I planted in the yard are starting to grow, so mine was extra-fresh.
This recipe is from Cooking Light. It’s one of those meals I make over and over. It’s easy and it never disappoints. It also freezes really well (and is easy to double), so I love having some ready to defrost whenever I don’t feel like cooking. Nick is also a huge fan of this soup and always asks for it!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups finely chopped onion
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups water
- 1½ tsp minced fresh rosemary (or ¼ tsp dried)
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 3 (15½ oz) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 (14½ oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 6 tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft.
- Stir in the water, rosemary, salt & pepper, chickpeas and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
- Use an immersion blender to puree about half the soup. (OR, use a regular and blend about 4 cups of the soup, then return it to the pot.)
- Stir in the vinegar, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Serve topped with Parmesan cheese, along with some crusty bread for dipping.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Sounds like you had a great time, Jess! And I’m sure you’re ready to relax now. This soup looks fantastic! I’m obsessed with chickpeas, so this sounds right up my alley. Gorgeous pictures, too!
Sounds like you had a fun vacation! This soup looks like a light and delicious dinner to come home to! I love chickpeas and love that you made a soup with them 🙂
Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness says
This is an awesome! Definitely the perfect meal after eating out for 10 days! At least you had a good time 🙂
This soup is the perfect thing to get back on track after a food and drink filled vacay! This looks so good, Jess, and I love the flavors in here. Anything with chickpeas has my name all over it. 🙂
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
Your trip sounds amazing! What a great way to spend time with girlfriends. And now puking at a bachelorette party? You all deserve a gold medal, haha! This soup sounds deeelish!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Your trip sounds like it was so much fun! This soup looks like the perfect comforting meal after being away. Love the flavors and anything with chickpeas always gets my vote!
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
What a fun trip! I love splurging on vacation but by the end I’m craving routine and lighter meals most of the time. This soup is perfect! It would definitely be a favorite in our house!
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says
This soup looks amazing! I’m sure it was so comforting to have a big bowl of this after all your travels! Your trip sounds like so much fun by the way.
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Sounds like you had an amazing time on your vacation! This bowl of soup sounds like a great way to enjoy being back home. 🙂
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
I love to try new soups! This one sounds like it has great flavor!